The Adventurers Quartet Books In Publication Order
- The Lady’s Command (2015)
- A Buccaneer at Heart (2016)
- The Daredevil Snared (2016)
- Lord of the Privateers (2016)
Bastion Club Books In Publication Order
- Captain Jack’s Woman (1997)
- A Gentleman’s Honor (2003)
- The Lady Chosen (2003)
- A Lady of His Own (2004)
- A Fine Passion (2005)
- To Distraction (2006)
- Beyond Seduction (2007)
- The Edge of Desire (2008)
- Mastered By Love (2009)
Black Cobra Quartet Books In Publication Order
- The Untamed Bride (2009)
- The Elusive Bride (2010)
- The Brazen Bride (2010)
- The Reckless Bride (2010)
Casebook of Barnaby Adair Books In Publication Order
- Where the Heart Leads (2008)
- The Peculiar Case of Lord Finsbury’s Diamonds (2014)
- The Masterful Mr. Montague (2014)
- The Curious Case of Lady Latimer’s Shoes (2014)
- Loving Rose (2014)
- The Confounding Case of the Carisbrook Emeralds (2018)
- The Murder at Mandeville Hall (2018)
The Cavanaughs Books In Publication Order
- The Designs of Lord Randolph Cavanaugh (2018)
- The Pursuits of Lord Kit Cavanaugh (2019)
- The Beguilement of Lady Eustacia Cavanaugh (2019)
- The Obsessions of Lord Godfrey Cavanaugh (2020)
Cynster Books In Publication Order
- Devil’s Bride (1998)
- A Rake’s Vow (1998)
- Scandal’s Bride (1998)
- A Rogue’s Proposal (1999)
- A Secret Love (2000)
- All About Love (2001)
- All About Passion (2001)
- The Promise in a Kiss (2001)
- On a Wild Night (2002)
- On a Wicked Dawn (2002)
- The Perfect Lover (2003)
- The Ideal Bride (2004)
- The Truth About Love (2005)
- What Price Love? (2006)
- The Taste of Innocence (2007)
- Temptation and Surrender (2009)
- The Wedding Planner (2011)
- Lost and Found (2012)
The Cynster Sisters Duo Books In Publication Order
- And Then She Fell (2013)
- The Taming of Ryder Cavanaugh (2013)
The Cynster Sisters Trilogy Books In Publication Order
- Viscount Breckenridge to the Rescue (2011)
- In Pursuit of Eliza Cynster (2011)
- The Capture of the Earl of Glencrae (2012)
Cynster Next Generation Books In Publication Order
- By Winter’s Light (2014)
- The Tempting of Thomas Carrick (2015)
- A Match for Marcus Cynster (2015)
- The Lady By His Side (2017)
- An Irresistible Alliance (2017)
- The Greatest Challenge of Them All (2017)
- A Conquest Impossible to Resist (2019)
- The Inevitable Fall of Christopher Cynster (2020)
- The Games Lovers Play (2021)
- The Secrets of Lord Grayson Child (2021)
- Foes, Friends and Lovers (2022)
Devil’s Brood Trilogy Books In Publication Order
- The Lady By His Side (2017)
- An Irresistible Alliance (2017)
- The Greatest Challenge of Them All (2017)
It Happened One Books In Publication Order
- It Happened One Night (2008)
- It Happened One Season (2011)
Lady Osbaldestone’s Christmas Chronicles Books In Publication Order
- Lady Osbaldestone’s Christmas Goose (2017)
- Lady Osbaldestone and the Missing Christmas Carols (2018)
- Lady Osbaldestone’s Plum Puddings (2019)
- Lady Osbaldestone’s Christmas Intrigue (2020)
- The Meaning of Love (2021)
Lester Family Books In Publication Order
- The Reasons For Marriage (1994)
- A Lady Of Expectations (1995)
- An Unwilling Conquest (1996)
Regencies Books In Publication Order
- Tangled Reins (1992)
- Four In Hand (1993)
- Impetuous Innocent (1994)
- Fair Juno (1994)
- A Suitable Marriage (1996)
- A Comfortable Wife (1997)
Standalone Novels In Publication Order
- The Lady Risks All (2012)
Short Stories/Novellas In Publication Order
- Scandalous Lord Dere (2000)
- The Fall of Rogue Gerrard (2008)
- Rose in Bloom (2011)
- The Seduction of Sebastian Trantor (2012)
- A Return Engagement (2013)
Short Story Collections In Publication Order
- Secrets of a Perfect Night (2000)
- A Lady of Expectations and Other Stories (2012)
The Legend of Nimway Hall Books In Publication Order
- 1818 (By:Suzanne Enoch) (2018)
- 1750 (2018)
- 1794 (By:Karen Hawkins) (2018)
- 1888 – Alexandra (By:Victoria Alexander) (2020)
Anthologies In Publication Order
- Scottish Brides (1999)
- My Scandalous Bride (1999)
- A Season For Scandal (2001)
- Rules of Engagement (2012)
- The Trouble with Virtue (2013)
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Bastion Club Book Covers
Black Cobra Quartet Book Covers
Casebook of Barnaby Adair Book Covers
The Cavanaughs Book Covers
Cynster Book Covers
The Cynster Sisters Duo Book Covers
The Cynster Sisters Trilogy Book Covers
Cynster Next Generation Book Covers
Devil’s Brood Trilogy Book Covers
It Happened One Book Covers
Lady Osbaldestone’s Christmas Chronicles Book Covers
Lester Family Book Covers
Regencies Book Covers
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Stephanie Laurens Books Overview
They meet in a clash of swords, drenched in the moonlight of Britain’s rugged eastern coast: Captain Jack, his handsome features etched in silver and shadow, his powerful physique compelling ‘Kit’ Cranmer to surrender. He is her dream lover come vividly alive, and his command of the smuggling gang is absolute. his all knowing gaze penetrates her disguise as the ‘lad’ leader of a rival gang with frightening ease and his ‘punishment’ with kisses leaves her maidenly modesty in tatters. Suddenly Kit finds she s only too delighted to explore with Jack the pleasures conventionally reserved for married ladies…
little knowing what dangerous forces she s unleashing. For even as Kit revels in midnight gallops and cottage rendezvous, captain Jack is laying a gentle trap that will curtail her freedom…
and bind her to him with a ring, a promise…
and ties of devotion and desire.
The Season has yet to begin, and the second member of the Bastion Club, tall, handsome Anthony Blake, Viscount Torrington, is already a target for every matchmaking mama in London. None of their flighty daughters can fix his interest, but a certain lady does…
Alicia is living a deception. Desperation has caused the determined but penniless lady to boldly launch her ravishing younger sister into the ton and have her make a spectacular match. By masquerading as the widowed ‘Mrs. Carrington’ Alicia can act as the perfect chaperone but fashionable ladies are not accused of murder…
When Tony Blake discovers Alicia standing over a dead body in his godmother’s garden, every instinct tells him she is innocent. His connections allow him to take control of the investigation, his social prominence provides her public support, but it is more than honor that compels him to protect her and to do everything in his seductive power to make her his.
Tristan Wemyss, Earl of Trentham, never expected he’d need to wed within a year or forfeit his inheritance. But he is not one to bow to the matchmaking mamas of the ton. No, he will marry a lady of his own choosing. And the lady he chooses is the enchanting neighbor living with her family next door. Miss Leonora Carling has beauty, spirit and passion; unfortunately, matrimony is the last thing on her mind…
To Leonora, Tristan’s kisses are oh so tempting, but once bitten, forever shy, she has determinedly turned her back on marriage. But Tristan is a seasoned campaigner who will not accept defeat. And when a mysterious man attempts to scare Leonora and her family from their home, Tristan realizes he’s been given the perfect excuse to offer his services as protector, seducer and, ultimately, husband.
The seven members of the Bastion Club have served loyally in the perilous service of the Crown. Now they’ve banded together to support one another through their most dangerous mission of all: getting married. When Charles St. Austell returns home to claim his title as earl, and to settle quickly on a suitable wife as well, he discovers that experience has made him impatient of the young ladies who vie for his attention with the exception of Lady Penelope Selborne. Years ago, Charles and Penelope’s youthful ardor was consummated in an unforgettable afternoon. Charles is still haunted by their interlude, but Penny refuses to have anything more to do with him. If controlling her heart was difficult before, resisting a stronger, battle hardened Charles is well nigh impossible, yet Penelope has vowed she won’t make the same mistake twice, nor will she marry without love. But when a traitorous intrigue draws them together, then ultimately threatens them both will Penny discover she has a true protector in Charles, her first and only love, who now vows to make her his own?
The men of the Bastion Club are powerful, loyal, and not averse to overcoming danger if they must. Now, after years of loyal service to the Crown, they each one by one must face that greatest danger of all…
love. The last of his line, Jack, Baron Warnefleet, has fled London after nearly being compromised into marrying a dreadful female. Turning his back on the entire notion of marriage, he rides home to the estate he has not seen for years, determined to set in motion an alternative course of action. But then in the lane before his gate, Jack rescues a startlingly beautiful lady from a menacing, unmanageable horse. However, while he begins by taking command, the lady continues by taking it back. Lady Clarice Altwood is no meek and mild miss. She is the very antithesis of the woolly headed young ladies Jack has rejected as not for him. Clarice is delectably attractive, beyond eligible, undeniably capable, and completely unforgettable. Why on earth is she rusticating in the country? That enigma is compounded by mystery, and it’s quickly clear that Clarice is in danger. Jack must use every ounce of his cunning and wit to protect this highly independent and richly passionate woman…
who has so quickly stolen his heart.
The gentlemen of the Bastion Club have proven their courage while fighting England’s enemies, but nothing has prepared them for dealing with that most formidable of challenges: the opposite sex.
Deverell, Viscount Paignton, is in desperate need of a wife. Unmoved by the matchmaking herd, he seeks help from his aunt, who directs him to a lady she vows is perfect for him. Dispatched to a country house party to look the lady over, he discovers her not swanning about among the guests but with her nose buried in a book in the library.
Phoebe Malleson is tempted To Distraction by Deverell, but marrying him isn’t part of her plan. Moved by an incident in her past, Phoebe has a secret cause to which she’s committed. Unfortunately, telling Deverell to go away doesn’t work, and he quickly learns of her secret. But someone powerful has her cause targeted for destruction& 8212and her in their sights. Phoebe must accept Deverell’s help though the cost to them both might be dear& 8212and deadly.
In a moment of recklessness, Gervase Tregarth, 6th Earl of Crowhurst, swears he’ll marry the next eligible lady to cross his path. Cloistered at his ancestral castle in Cornwall, with nary a suitable woman for miles, he never expects he’ll have to fulfill his pledge, at least not until the London Season begins. But then he meets his neighbor, the very appealing Madeline Gascoigne.
Years of secret service to the Crown have taught Gervase the value of always having a loophole there will be no wedding if he and Madeline are incompatible in any way. So he sets out to prove that they would make a most dreadful match…
by luring her into his arms and, ultimately, his bed.
From their very first kiss, Gervase discovers that the headstrong and independent Madeline is no meek country miss…
and that the fire between them will burn long beyond that first seduction.
They proved their bravery fighting for His Majesty’s Secret Service and were rewarded with brides of great beauty and breeding. But one member of the Bastion Club has remained a bachelor…
‘Christian, I need your help. There is no one else I can turn to…
When Christian Allardyce, 6th Marquess of Dearne, reads those words, his world turns upside down. Lady Letitia Randall is a woman like no other, and the day he left her behind to fight for king and country was the most difficult of his life. He never forgot the feel of her lips against his, but never expects to see her again. Yet now she seeks his help, and Christian knows he will not resist her plea.
Letitia believes that Christian abandoned her when she needed him most, and she hates to call on his aid. But to clear her brother’s name, she has sworn to use every weapon at her command, even if it means seducing her ex lover. Yet all the while, Christian is waging a war of his own a campaign of pure pleasure and sweet revenge that will take them both beyond The Edge of Desire.
The men of the Bastion Club proved their bravery secretly fighting for their country. Now their leader faces that most dangerous mission of all: finding a bride. As the mysterious leader of the Bastion Club known as ‘Dalziel,’ Royce Varisey, tenth Duke of Wolverstone, served his country for decades, facing dangers untold. But as the holder of one of England’s most august noble titles, he must now take on that gravest duty of all: marriage. Yet the young ladies the grand dames would have him consider are predictably boring. Far more tempting is his castle’s willful and determinedly aloof chatelaine, Minerva Chesterton. Beneath her serene fa ade lies a woman of smoldering sensuality, one who will fill his days with comfort and his nights with sheer pleasure. Determined to claim her, he embarks on a seduction to prove his mastery over every inch of her body…
and every piece of her heart.
Four officers of the Crown, aided by Bastion Club members and Cynster alike, fight to bring down a dangerous enemy and to win the loves of their lives. In this first book we meet Colonel Derek Delborough who is not far from danger when his ship docks in Southampton. When Deliah Duncannon appears she is an unwelcome intrusion, but before he can get rid of her she narrowly saves his life. Now a target of the enemies to this stubborn but exceedingly enticing Colonel, the two race against time to reach the safety of the Cynster country house.
New York Times bestselling author Stephanie Laurens takes a bold turn in her exciting new series. A second battle hardened, completely unstoppable, all male hero, an ex officer of the Crown, confronts the deadly enemy known only as the Black Cobra. He’s focused on his mission, then sees a lady he never dreamed he’d see again with an assassin on her heels. She secretly followed him, unaware her path is deadly or that she’ll join him to battle a treacherous foe. Through ever present peril, through passion, desire, and ecstasy, they race to reach England and their destiny.
USA Today bestselling author Stephanie Laurens adds a dynamic, sweeping tale to her extraordinary adventures. They’re bold, courageous, resolute…
ex officers of the Crown united against a deadly traitor known only as the Black Cobra. Shipwrecked, wounded, he risks all to pursue his mission only to discover a partner as daring and brazen as he. Fiery, tempestuous, a queen in her own realm, she rescues a warrior only to find her heart under siege. Bound by passion, linked by need, together they must brave the enemy’s gauntlet to win all their hearts’ desire.
Entrusted with the true piece of evidence, Rafe takes the long way home to England a journey made even longer when he acquires some unwanted companions. After rescuing an old woman from footpads, he finds himself stuck with the woman’s niece Loretta. Frustrated by the woman’s presence, but unwilling to leave her to the Black Cobra’s minions, he finds himself with an unexpected companion and a surprisingly fierce defender. Loretta is not quite certain what Rafe is up to, but it’s clearly dangerous. Drawn to him despite the obstacles he tries to place in their way, Loretta quickly realises that this particular rake is the one for her. His need to protect her at all costs is flattering, if annoying, and she has no intention of letting this newfound love go. Once they admit to their feelings, Rafe and Loretta form a forbidding team as they race to bring down the Black Cobra and begin their happily ever after.
New York Times bestselling author Stephanie Laurens knows the world of Regency London…
especially the exclusive enclave of luxury in which the aristocracy lived in wealth and comfort. But outside that glittering circle lay another world…
and Laurens pulls back the curtain that has hidden it from us until now.
Penelope Ashford, Portia Cynster’s younger sister, has grown up with every advantage wealth, position, and beauty. Yet Penelope is anything but a pretty face in a satin gown forceful, willful, and blunt to a fault, she has for years devoted her considerable energy and intelligence to caring for the forgotten orphans of London’s sooty and seamier streets.
But now her charges are mysteriously disappearing. Desperate, Penelope turns to the one man she knows who might help her Barnaby Adair.
Handsome scion of a noble house, Adair has made a name for himself in certain circles where his powers of observation and deduction have seen him solve several serious and unsavory crimes within the ton. His pedigree, relentless intelligence, and discretion make him a deadly avenger in an elegant guise. Despite his skills or perhaps because of them he makes Penelope distinctly uncomfortable, but the stakes are too grave. Throwing caution to the wind, defying every rule for unmarried ladies, she appears on his doorstep late one night determined to recruit his talents.
Barnaby is intrigued both by her problem and her. Her bold beauty and undeniable brains make a striking contrast to the usual insipid ton misses. And as he’s in dire need of an excuse to avoid said insipid misses, he accepts her challenge, never dreaming she and it will consume his every waking hour.
Enlisting the aid of Inspector Basil Stokes of the fledgling Scotland Yard, they infiltrate the streets of London’s notorious East End. But as they unravel the mystery of the missing orphans, they uncover a trail leading to the upper echelons of society and a ruthless and clever criminal adept at pulling strings who, becoming aware of them and their efforts, is only too ready to destroy all they hold dear, including their newfound understanding of the intrigues of the human heart.
When Devil, the most infamous member of the Cynster family, is caught in a compromising position with plucky governess Honoria Wetherby, he astonishes the entire town by offering his hand in marriage. No one dreamed this scandalous rake would ever take a bride. And as society mamas swooned at the loss of England’s most eligible bachelor, Devil s infamous Cynster cousins began to place wagers on the wedding date. But Honoria wasn t about to bend society s demands and marry a man ‘just’ because they d been found together virtually unchaperoned. No, she craved adventure, and while solving the murder of a young Cynster cousin fit the bill for a while, she decided that once the crime was solved she d go off to see the world. But the scalding heat of her unsated desire for Devil soon had Honoria craving a very different sort of excitement. Could her passion for Devil cause her to embrace the enchanting peril of a lifelong adventure of the heart?
With both of her parents gone, Patience Debbington is accustomed to managing her own affairs, and those of her teenage brother Gerrard. To her love is dangerous, men uninteresting and faithless. Gerrard needs a suitable mentor, but when tall elegant Vane Cynster rides into her life, Patience sees nothing but an arrogant, presumptuous dandy a man who drinks in her very soul like a fine wine and intoxicates her in the bargain.
How can an honorable lady like Lady Catriona Hennessy unite with a rake like Richard Cynster? Though charmed by his commanding presence, she cannot give up her independence. Marriage had not previously been on Richard’s agenda, but perhaps taming the lady was just the challenge he needs if he can have the rights of the marraige bed without making any revealing promises of love?
Demon Cynster has seen love bring his brethren to their knees, and he’s vowed that he will not share their fate…
until he spies Felicity Parteger sneaking about his racing stable. Demon remembers Felicity as a mere chit of a girl, but now she stands before him, all lush curves and sparkling eyes…
Felicity knows Demon was one of the town s most eligible bachelors and a rogue of the worst sort, but he was the only one capable of getting her friend out of trouble. She knows Demon will never yield her the love she desperately seeks, but could a marriage of passion alone be enough?
In this latest of the Cynster family novels, Stephanie Laurens combines a mystery plot with a deeply sensual love story. Stephanie Laurens has created her boldest Cynster yet Gabriel a man who has known the pleasure of many women, but who has given his heart to no one. Althea Morwellan needs Gabriel Cynster’s help to save her family s fortune from an unscrupulous con artist, but the beauty is determined to keep her family s precarious financial state a secret. Althea and Gabriel played together as children on neighboring estates and she knows him very, very well. Aware that he can t resist a challenge, she conceals her identity behind a heavy black veil, pretending to be a mysterious, widowed countess. Intrigued, Gabriel agrees to help her, both because of her plea for help and because the beautiful mystery woman represents a personal challenge that he finds irresistible. As the stakes get higher, so does Gabriel s desire for payment, which is a kiss. And with each overpowering kiss, each passionate embrace, Alathea knows that she will not be able to resist his ultimate seduction…
but what will happen when she reveals the truth?
Alasdair Cynster known to his intimates as Lucifer decides to rusticate in the country before the matchmaking skills of London’s mamas become firmly focused on him, the last unwed Cynster. But an escape to Devonshire leads him straight to his destiny in the irresistible form of Phyllida Tallent, a willful, independent beauty of means who brings all his masterful Cynster instincts rioting to the fore. Lucifer isn t about to deny his desire for Phyllida, and he s determined to use all his seductive skills to enjoy the benefits of destiny s choice without submitting to the parson s noose. Phyllida has had a bevy of suitors, her charm and wit are well known throughout the countryside, but none of them has tempted her the way Lucifer does. His offer to teach her all about the ways of love is almost too tantalising to resist. And though she s not yet completely surrendered, she knows only a fool stands against a Cynster…
and Phyllida is no one s fool.
‘If one is not marrying for love, one may as well marry for something else. My future countess has to be sufficiently docile and endowed with at least passable grace of form, deportment and address.’Fate has made Gyles Rawlings a man determined to control his destiny. He has decided to wed a well bred lady who will dutifully bear him sons, yet turn a blind eye while he takes his pleasure elsewhere. By all good accounts, Francesca will fit his bill. As for the ‘elsewhere,’ he’s recently encountered a beautiful, brazen siren who will make a fine mistress, one with a fiery nature to match his own. But at the altar, Gyles discovers his bride is the bold enchantress who has inspired his deepest fantasies. Finding passion and love in the same woman has long been a secret fear. But as his world is rocked on its axis, Gyles becomes obsessed with one thing he’d thought he would never want…
his wife’s heart
What would you do if you were kissed by the most handsome stranger you’d ever seen? And what if that man was a Cynster? Every girl even convent educated ones dreams of forbidden kisses. So when a man literally falls at Helena’s feet as she’s walking through the courtyard one moonlit Christmas Eve, the pretty, young comtesse d’Lisle knows he’s up to no good. He’s clearly a bit dangerous…
and obviously caught in the middle of a clandestine rendezvous. Why else would he have risked his neck and jumped out of a window into the snow?It’s wrong, it’s outlandish…
and it’s the most utterly romantic gesture she’s ever seen. So when the good sisters rush up, demanding to know ifshe has seen a man on the grounds, Helena ignores the years of strict upbringing that insist she reveal his presence. To lie would be a sin, but ‘no one can be good all the time. As a reward for her silence, the stranger takes her in his arms and enticingly, unforgettably kisses her and then departs, leaving a lingering if unspoken promise of all that might be, should fate decree that they meet again. Although Helena doesn’t know it, her wild Englishman is Sebastian Cynster, Duke of St. Ives, a nobleman who will prove to be her destiny. Seven years later, Helena has been transformed from a pretty schoolgirl to an aristocratic beauty. Her sparkling wit has made her sought after by London’s hostesses; her considerable dowry has made winning her hand the aim of many a gentleman…
but she is deadeningly aware of how boring so many ofthese gentlemen are. Her manipulative guardian has unexpectedly allowed her to find a husband of her own choosing, and she has no intention of marrying any man who tries to tame her. There must be someone perfect for her…
someone who can live up to the promise ofthat long ago kiss. Then, at a ball, fate strikes. Once again, it is the Christmas season, and across the crowded room Helena stands transfixed…
for there is the man whose kiss she has never forgotten, the man of her memory whom no other has ever been able to supplant. Her wild, mysterious Englishman, Sebastian Cynster, Duke of St. Ives. One look, and he’s determined to reclaim her…
Where are all the exciting men in London? After spending years in the glittering ballrooms of the ton, Amanda Cynster is utterly bored by the current crop of colorless suitors. Determined to take matters into her own hands, one night she shockingly goes where no respectable lady ever should, but where many an intriguing gentleman might be found. But titillating excitement quickly turns to panic when Amanda discovers she’s quite out of her depth. She looks around for help and is unexpectedly rescued by the Earl of Dexter. Lean, sensuous, and mysterious, he has delayed re entering society, preferring instead a more interesting existence on its fringes. He s the epitome of the boldly passionate gentleman Amanda has been searching for, but although his very touch makes it clear he s willing to educate her in the art of love, Amanda has to wonder if such a masterful, lionized rake can be sufficiently tamed into the ways of marriage.
Amelia Cynster is stunned to hear these words from Lucien Ashford the enigmatic sixth Viscount Calverton and the man she has always loved just before the handsome rogue pas*ses out at her feet. Dawn is breaking and she’s already risked scandal by lying in wait for him just outside his London home. And though torn between indignant affront and astonished relief, she’s nevertheless thrilled that Luc has agreed to her outrageous marriage proposal. However, rather than submitting to a hasty wedding as Amelia had planned, the exasperating lord insists on wooing her properly in public and in private. She longs for their time alone, when she can learn all about seduction from a master, yet frustratingly, they all too often find themselves beneath the stifling gaze of the ton. But there is method behind the viscount’s madness he has a secret reason for wooing Amelia. And like all desirable things, his passion has a price.
Never let it be said that a Cynster male can’t face up to the one unassailable truth: A successful marriage gives life its fullest meaning. To all of English society, Simon Frederick Cynster has a perfect life one of enormous wealth and impeccable social status. His lean handsomeness turns the heads of na ve debutantes, while his sensual allure ensures he never lacks for more sophisticated partners for a night, or more, of pleasure. Yet despite all of this, Simon knows that there is something or rather someone missing in his life. To achieve true contentment, Simon must find a lady accomplished enough to be his wife, someone who will spend her days as a member of one of England’s most influential families…
and her nights pursuing duties of a more private and personal nature. But Simon knows what to expect if he reveals his intention to choose a bride; nothing could be more tiresome than having every blushing miss on the marriage mart thrust upon him. So he discreetly begins his search at a house party at Glossup Hall…
and is astonished that the lady who immediately captures his interest is Portia Ashford. Simon has never considered Portia as a potential wife. He’s known the raven haired beauty since childhood; she’s willfully independent and has always claimed to be uninterested in marriage. But an unexpectedly heated kiss abruptly alters the rules of their decade long interaction. Soon they begin to long for the moments they can spend in each other’s arms. But all is not as it seems at Glossup Hall. As Simon and Portia begin to explore the depths of their mutual passion, a shocking murder is committed…
and it appears that the next victim will be Portia herself. And even more shocking than the fact that a murderer secretly walks among them is the realization that all of Simon’s considerable strength and influence may not be enough to protect Portia his once and always perfect lover…
New York Times bestselling author Stephanie Laurens has created some of romance’s most unforgettable novels. Now she has created her most provocative love story and amazing hero to date. This is the book that dares to ask the question: Who is this man’s ideal bride?
Michael Anstruther Wetherby is a rising member of Parliament a man destined for power. Aristocratic, elegant, and effortlessly charming, he is just arrogant enough to capture the interest of the ladies of the ton. And with his connections to the wealthy and influential Cynster family his sister is married to Devil Cynster, the Duke of St. Ives his future appears assured.
Except that Michael lacks the single most important element of success: a wife.
Political pressure sends him searching for his ideal bride, a gently bred, malleable young lady, preferably one with a political background. Michael discovers such a paragon but finds a formidable obstacle in his path the young lady’s beautiful, strong minded aunt Caroline Sutcliffe.
One of London’s foremost diplomatic hostesses, Caro has style and status but, having lived through an unhappy political marriage, wants nothing of the sort for her niece, who has already lost her heart to another.
So Caro and the younger woman hatch a plot Caro will demonstrate why an inexperienced young lady is not the bride for Michael. She succeeds in convincing him that what he really needs is a lady of experience by his side.
And the perfect candidate is right under his nose Caro herself. Then it is Michael’s turn to be persuasive, a task that requires every ounce of his seductive charm as he tempts and tantalizes Caro, seeking to convince her that becoming his bride will bring her all her heart desires…
But then a series of mysterious, and dangerous, accidents befall Caro an assailant has stepped in with their own idea for Caro’s future one that could involve murder. Before Caro can become Michael’s ideal bride, they must race to uncover the unknown’s identity before all hope of what they long for, and wish for, is destroyed.
Gerrard Debbington, Vane Cynster’s brother in law, is one of London’s most eligible gentlemen. Uninterested in marriage, his driving passion is to paint the fabled gardens of Lord Tregonning’s Hellebore Hall an opportunity that is now at hand…
if Gerrard agrees to create an honest portrait of Tregonning’s daughter as well.
Gerrard chafes at wasting his talents on some simpering miss, only to discover that Jacqueline Tregonning stirs him as no other. Certainly, she is beautiful, but it is her passionate nature that strikes sparks with Gerrard’s own, igniting desire and sweeping them into each other’s arms, convincing Gerrard that he has found his ideal soul mate the lady he must have as his wife.
But something is horribly wrong at Hellebore Hall. Evil and lies are reaching out to ensnare Jacqueline and Gerrard will have to move Heaven and Earth to protect the remarkable woman who, for him, personifies The Truth About Love…
Enter the unforgettable world of New York Times bestselling author Stephanie Laurens, creator of the phenomenal Cynster family. This amazing clan and their friends is a bold, powerful group of men who let nothing stand in their way when it comes to matters of the heart. And in this, Stephanie Laurens’s newest novel, a passionate man and a daring woman confront the ultimate question…
What Price Love??
There is nothing more fascinating than a darkly handsome rake, especially one as controlled and elusive as Dillon Caxton, prot g of Demon Cynster. Despite his dangerous air, Dillon is a man of sterling reputation, but it wasn’t always so. Years ago, an illicit scheme turned into a nefarious swindle, and only the help of his cousin, Felicity, and her husband, Demon, saved Dillon from ruin. Now impeccably honest, he guards his hard won reputation and is the Keeper of the Register of all racing horses in England. His standing and aloofness make Dillon undeniably desirable to young ladies, but despite all the lures thrown his way, he remains uninterested his attention unfixed.
Until ‘Miss Priscilla Dalling’ erupts into his life. A stunning beauty, she affects Dillon as no other ever has, but what fascinates him even more is that this tempting young lady is clearly desperate, and equally clearly lying about wanting to see the Register to fulfill the whim of an eccentric aunt.
Lady Priscilla Dalloway will do anything to see what’s in the Register even lie! Her twin brother, Russell, who had fought with their father and left the family home to work with the finest racehorses, has disappeared. Pris knows that clues to his whereabouts can be found in the tome Dillon Caxton refuses to let her see.
She unleashes her feminine wiles on Dillon to no avail. But Dillon is now determined to learn the truth behind her quest. Exploiting the powerful attraction that flares between them, he succeeds in convincing Pris to tell him all, to trust him with her twin’s life. Together, Dillon and Pris locate Rus, only to discover that his life is being threatened by the perpetrators of a massive betting swindle.
The time is ripe for Dillon to repay old debts by helping another as he himself was helped. Assisted by Demon, Felicity, and Barnaby Adair, Dillon and Pris embark on a journey riddled with danger and undeniable passion as they seek to overturn the swindle and expose Rus’s deadly enemies. And along the way they discover the answer to that age old question: What Price Love??
For no gentleman is this more true than Charles Morwellan, the eighth Earl of Meredith. Although he’s seen the many successful unions of his Cynster connections, he has also watched his father’s obsessions nearly destroy their family and fortune, a mistake Charles will not repeat. But as Lord Meredith he must marry, so he offers for Sarah, the daughter of his neighbors Lord and Lady Conningham. She’s intelligent enough to run his social life, beautiful enough to grace his arm, and old enough to know the value of his offer. For most young ladies of the ton, the right marriage is the culmination of years of training, perfect deportment, and intricate plans that would impress a general. But as a lady of independent means with a life of her own, Sarah is unwilling to wed unless it is for unbounded love. But Charles always gets what he wants. He convinces Sarah to give him two weeks to win her; if he succeeds, they will marry immediately. And so begins an intense courtship. By day, Charles and Sarah are models of decorum indulging in innocuous walks, polite conversation, sedate waltzes. Each night they steal away to the lush, moonlit gardens, where sensual embraces turn to searing kisses, and much, much more. Both are swept away on a tide of passion and feeling neither can resist. And yet, after the wedding, despite nights of insatiable passion, Charles remains aloof, as if the near sinful sweetness of their nights exists only in a dream. Sarah battles to prove that true love is a force that can’t be contained, a gift worth fighting for, but it’s only when she’s engulfed in a web of increasingly dangerous incidents that Charles discovers how much he’s willing to surrender to protect…
The Taste of Innocence.
Handsome, wealthy, and well born, Jonas Tallent has everything a gentleman needs to enjoy London society to the fullest and he has. He’s played cards until dawn, flirted with eligible young ladies, and made love to some ineligible ones.
But now he’s restless and bored with the mindless frivolity and careless pleasure, so it’s with a sense of relief that he takes up the reins of his family’s estate in rural Devon. His most pressing need is to hire a new manager for the inn the center of village life. Such a small task, yet he discovers few decent applicants are willing to live in a quiet country backwater.
Then genteel but impoverished Miss Emily Beauregard applies for the position. Jonas’s initial response is an emphatic ‘no!’ Ladies, especially one as attractive as Emily, belong in the ballroom or the bedroom, not running an inn. But with no alternatives, he grudgingly allows Emily to try, and she rapidly proves herself worthy, resurrecting the inn with tact and skill.
But Emily has a secret. It’s not only the need to provide for herself and her orphaned siblings that has brought her to Devon. She’s surreptitiously searching for a family treasure hidden in the village, the only clues to its location a cryptic rhyme handed down through the generations. Emily is determined to solve the puzzle, find the treasure, and reinstate her family to its rightful place in society.
But Em hasn’t bargained on Jonas. His experience is temptation, his attentions irresistible, and he’s determined to aid her in her quest. He eventually persuades her to trust him, and together they unravel the clues. But someone else is watching, waiting, and once the family legacy is unearthed, the villain strikes, threatening Em, her family, and the love she and Jonas have discovered in each other’s arms.
The pleasure of your company is requested at the wedding of Miss Eliza Cynster…
but not until she’s rescued from a daring abduction by the most unexpected of heroes! Brazenly kidnapped from her sister Heather s engagement ball, Eliza Cynster is spirited north to Edinburgh. Desperate and determined to escape, she seizes upon the first possible champion who happens along gentleman scholar Jeremy Carling. Villains and rescues are a far cry from Jeremy s expertise, yet he cannot abandon a damsel in distress. But danger lurks and hurdles abound in their race to escape the mysterious laird, until a final confrontation on a windswept cliff reveals what their future life could hold if both are bold enough to capture and own the unexpected love they now share.
We joyfully request your attendance at the wedding of Miss Angelica Cynster…
but not until she and her hero lay to rest an ancient grudge in the Scottish Highlands! Headstrong Angelica Cynster is certain she’ll recognize her fated husband at first sight. And when her eyes meet those of a mysterious nobleman, she knows beyond a doubt that he’s the one. But her heart is soon pounding for an entirely different reason when her hero abducts her! The eighth Earl of Glencrae has no choice but to kidnap Angelica, the one Cynster sister with whom he hadn’t wanted to tangle. But to save his castle and his clan, he must persuade her to assist him and he’s prepared to offer marriage to seal the deal!
It Happened One Night…
and nothing was ever the same again!
Once upon a time, four superstar storytellers New York Times bestselling authors Stephanie Laurens and Mary Balogh, along with Jacquie D’Alessandro and Candice Hern came up with a delicious idea. What if they each wrote a story about a proper young lady stranded at a remote inn away from society’s constraints? What would happen? And how long would it take for her to give in to desire?
In these four amazing tales, four hero*ines will come face to face with the men who got away…
only to discover that, instead of anger, there is still a passionate connection that cannot be denied. And while each of their lives is quite different, and their pasts utterly unique, they will all make a common discovery that one night can change everything…
We asked our readers what story they would most like to see from four bestselling authors. They responded…
A handsome hero returns from war, battle scarred and world weary. But family duty calls and he must find a bride. A young lady facing yet another season without a suitor never expects to find herself the object of his affections. It Happened One Season Four amazing talents Stephanie Laurens Mary Balogh Jacquie D’Alessandro and Candice Hern have come together to create one of the most unforgettable events of the year. The results are spectacular each story is as unique as a lover’s first kiss.
The Dashing Duke…
Lenore Lester was perfectly content with her quiet country life, caring for her father, and having no desire for marriage. She took steps to remain inconspicuous and tried her best to show indifference but no avail! The irresistible Duke of Eversleigh had found her out and was quite persistent in his affections…
The Shy Miss! Notoriously charming Jason, Duke of Eversleigh, could easily see behind Miss Lenore’s brilliant disguise. Though the awkward lady hid behind glas*ses and pulled back hair, she couldn’t cover her beauty. And Jason was ever determined to loosen the hold she had on her heart.
Jack Lester has to find a bride…
But where can he find the perfect woman? She has to be attractive, kind, a good conversationalist…
and more important, she has to accept him as he is: devilishly handsome, charming and, as far as anyone knows, poor as a church mouse! If London society discovers his hidden wealth, he’ll never find the right wife. Jack’s heart races when he first lays eyes on Sophie Winterton. She is everything he desires and more but he is caught in his own trap. Believing that Jack needs to marry into wealth, Sophie rejects all his advances, certain he would never marry a poor girl like her. As they play out a game of cat and mouse, can Jack convince her that she is the woman he wants and that he is the husband she deserves?
Marriage is out of the question! A successful horse breeder and self proclaimed rake, Harry Lester samples women like wines. But after having his heart trampled upon by someone he actually loved, he has no intention of falling for a woman again, let alone be ensnared by the trap of marriage. Now, with a large inheritance to his name, Harry knows that he’d best start running from London’s matchmaking mothers and widows. Harry heads for the racing town of Newmarket, only to encounter Mrs. Lucinda Babbacombe, a beautiful, independent widow. And before he knows it, Harry vows to protect Lucinda from the town full of lonely gambling men, despite her refusal to accept his countless offers of help. Lucinda is extraordinary an intelligent, tender, marriage worthy woman but will Harry let himself be taken prisoner in this most passionate of traps?
She was unquestionably a lady. Still, that had never stopped him before. He could see that she was not, he thought, that young. Even better. Another twinge of pain from behind his eyes lent a harshness to his voice. ‘Who the devil are you?’ In no way discomposed, she answered, ‘My name is Caroline Twinning. And if you really are the Duke of Twyford, then I’m very much afraid I’m your ward. ‘
Max Rotherbridge couldn’t believe it. Along with the dukedom of Twyford, he London’s most notorious rogue had inherited wardship of four devilishly attractive sisters! Including the irresistible Caroline Twinning. The eldest Twinning was everything he had ever wanted in a woman, but even Max couldn’t seduce his own ward or could he? After all, he did have a substantial reputation to protect. And what better challenge than the one woman capable of stealing his heart?
From the sparkling ballrooms of Regency London to the wealthy glamour of the country house let Stephanie Laurens be your guide! Miss Georgiana Hartley, orphaned and alone, returned home to England only to be confronted with the boorish advances of her cousin. Knowing no one, she fled to Lord Alton’s estate, hoping that the lady of the house would rescue her but Dominic, Lord Alton, was unmarried! Georgiana could not, with propriety, remain under his roof. She begged him to help her find a suitable position as a lady’s companion, or a governess. The scandalous viscount heard Georgiana’s request with barely concealed disgust. The very idea was preposterous. Instead, he introduced Georgiana to his sister’s influence. Suddenly, Georgiana was transformed into a lady, charming the ton and cultivating a bevy of suitors. Everything was going to Dominic’s plan until he realised that he wanted Georgiana for his own.
From the sparkling ballrooms of Regency London to the wealthy glamour of the country house let Stephanie Laurens be your guide! Kidnapped in the small hours, Miss Helen Walford had spent the day being battered and jostled, tied and gagged, trussed and trapped in a worn out chaise. She was rescued by the infamous Martin Willisden a rakehell who had been banished to the army, now scandalously raised to the rank of Earl of Merton! To add insult to injury, the proper Miss Walford had been forced into a compromising situation with her wicked saviour. Her only defence lay in anonymity. But captured by her beauty and bravery, the Earl of Merton knew that he had to find his mysterious lady.
Antonia Mannering refused to become an old maid! She was a young woman with plans, and Lord Philip Ruthven played a large part in them. Though the childhood friends had not seen one another in years, she was perfectly aware that Philip had no lack of female companionship. But he had never married, and it was high time he did. If she could prove to him that she was capable of running his home and would not disgrace him in society, Antonia was certain he would propose a comfortable arrangement. But never had she expected that their hearts would somehow find their way into the bargain!
Three spectacular stories all set on New Year’s Eve. First, Stephanie Laurens enthralls us with a New Year s scandal, when a rake awakens in the bed of the temptress who seduced him years before. Then, Victoria Alexander enchants with her tale of a love promised, then foiled and then rekindled on another midnight. And Rachel Gibson delights with the reunion of two estranged friends and the passionate sparks that fly when the clock strikes twelve.
A land of legend and wild beauty of clans, lairds, honour, and passion Scotland forever stirs the soul of romance. Now, in one incomparable volume, four of Avon Romance’s bestselling authors present stirring tales of hearts won and weddings to be, featuring a quartet of unforgettable hero*ines about to discover the rapture of love in a world as untamed as the men they will one day marry
Christina Dodd, ‘The Lady and the Tiger’Laura Haver will stop at nothing to find out who killed her brother even if it means posing as the wife of notorious rogue Keefe Leighton, the Earl of Hamilton. But things go too far when Keefe engages Laura in an artful game of seduction a game that can have only one winner…
Stephanie Laurens, ‘Melting Ice’Once, Dyan St. Laurent Dare, Duke of Darke, dreamed of making Lady Fiona his bride. Now they’re together again at a scandalous dinner party where debauchery is the menu’s main course. But will wedding bells ring after the guests get their just desserts?Celeste Bradley, ‘Wedding Knight’Alfred Knight will do anything to avoid a scandal even marry a woman he barely knows. But his bride has a most titillating secret…
one she’ll share as soon as she conquers her temptation for the man she was never supposed to marry!Leslie LaFoy, ‘The Proposition’Rennick St. James, the Earl of Parnell, has four days to seduce London’s most popular widow into becoming his wife or else she’ll marry another man. It won’t be easy…
but Rennick has been lu*sting after the beguiling Julia Hamilton far too long to let her go now…
New York Times bestselling author Stephanie Laurens takes your breath away with two charming romances…
Miss Dorothea Darent has no intention of ever getting married, certainly not to a rogue such as the Marquis of Hazelmere. A disreputable scoundrel, he is captivated when they meet by chance and is determined to win her heart, even while she’s busy dazzling the rest of London society. Now Dorothea has a choice to make: stick with her plan to remain a respectable spinster, or run into the arms of her dashing stranger…
When the Earl of Merton suddenly finds himself playing the knight in shining armor to a damsel in distress, he knows his days as a notorious rake are numbered. But though the lady seems grateful for his assistance, she flees the scene without revealing her name. And though past scandals and present dangers threaten his pursuit of the mysterious lady, he knows she is to be his destiny.